Bellver Castle, or Castell de Bellver, is one of Palma’s top must-see sights!
Bellver means “beautiful view” in Catalan, which itself is reason enough to visit this amazing old fortress. From the platform up here, you will have the most magical panorama view over Palma, the bay, the city and all the way to the Tramuntana.
The Bellver castle was built by Pere Salva, the same architect who was in charge of rebuilding the l’Almundaina palace, in the years between 1300 and 1311. The interesting thing is though, that the Bellver castle is round and doesn’t carry much Gothic architecture style.
For many years up through medieval times, this amazing castle was actually functioning as a prison and place for executions. One of the more famous executions here, happened back in 1522. The leader of the rebel army called ‘The Brotherhood’, was executed in the courtyard of Bellver after his capture. The Brotherhood, was started as a resistance to the king’s ever increasing taxes, leaving farmers on Mallorca in poverty. A battle just north of the Sa Pobla village, lead to the fall of the rebel army’s 3,000 men.
Today, the Bellver castle is home to Palma’s historic museum. Here you can see and learn about the development of Palma, all the way back to Roman times. There are a lot of artifacts, paintings, tools, maps and furniture displayed, all very impressive.
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